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Oregon will make compost of roadkill
Seattle Times ^ | 9-14-08

Posted on 09/14/2008 10:44:56 AM PDT by NavyCanDo

HEPPNER, Ore. — Roadkill: It isn't just for dinner anymore.

A new roadkill compost center near Heppner will ensure that many deer, cattle and other animals killed along Eastern Oregon highways won't simply decompose in a ditch.

Instead, they will become productive compost.

The Morrow County Planning Commission has approved a permit for a roadkill composting facility.

Officials say roadside carcasses are becoming a larger problem as Oregon's population grows, and that roadkill attracts scavengers such as coyotes, which bother farmers and boost the likelihood of more roadkill.

Tom Strandberg, the regional spokesman for Oregon Department of Transportation, said the facility would resemble one in Washington near Goldendale, Klickitat County. Across the country, officials are re-examining the way they dispose of roadkill, he said.

Local roadkill would be taken to one of four bins surrounded by a concrete berm to keep scavengers out. A layer of soil and wood chips would cover the bottom of the bins. The carcasses would be deposited and covered with finished compost and more bulk vegetable matter.

The whole process should take about three months.

Washington plans to use its compost as roadside ground cover where native vegetation is being planted. But hundreds of cubic yards of material placed into the Goldendale bins last year created only 50 cubic yards of compost.

Morrow County officials are looking into the best use for their own product.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Oregon; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: animalrights; environment; roadkill; transportation
Roadkill: It isn't just for dinner anymore.

ROFL

1 posted on 09/14/2008 10:44:56 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

Soilent Brown???


2 posted on 09/14/2008 10:50:52 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: NavyCanDo
Roadkill? Coyotes? Kinda brings this to mind:

obamapalinquestions

3 posted on 09/14/2008 10:50:55 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: NavyCanDo
Obligatory classic...


4 posted on 09/14/2008 10:51:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (Follow the dots: Davis, Ayers, Dohrn, Malley, Soros … use a RED crayon.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Can you just imagine the stench of that place?
A “Layer” of vegetable matter is not going to contain the smell of a rotting cow or deer.

Good luck with that, Oregon. :)


5 posted on 09/14/2008 11:00:31 AM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: NavyCanDo

What about victims of a hit and run?


6 posted on 09/14/2008 11:01:27 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: NavyCanDo

Aerial burial.


7 posted on 09/14/2008 11:05:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NavyCanDo
Oh, this article is about REAL roadkill. I thought it might be about Obama and the fact that Oregon is now in the “leans” category for Barry.
8 posted on 09/14/2008 11:14:41 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Yo Barry, IF FOR 20 YEARS YOU STAY IN THE PEW, IT'S BECAUSE YOU SHARE THE VIEW!!!!!)
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To: NavyCanDo

It would make just as much sense to do this with dead people instead of burying them.


9 posted on 09/14/2008 11:16:31 AM PDT by Zauber
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To: NavyCanDo
"But I'm not dead yet. I'm feeling better."


10 posted on 09/14/2008 11:22:14 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: NavyCanDo
Roadkilled armadillo has been been served for years at fine redneck restaurants everywhere.

You'll find it listed on the menu as Possum on Half Shell

11 posted on 09/14/2008 11:30:17 AM PDT by Zakeet (Crime wouldn't pay if the government ran it)
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To: CrappieLuck
Can you just imagine the stench of that place? A “Layer” of vegetable matter is not going to contain the smell of a rotting cow or deer.

I always thought that you made compost out of vegetative matter.

12 posted on 09/14/2008 11:45:55 AM PDT by curmudgeonII
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To: NavyCanDo

Natural decomposition isn’t green enough?


13 posted on 09/14/2008 12:03:55 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Caribou...It's what's for dinner.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Things like this just make me proud to be an Oregonian.


14 posted on 09/14/2008 12:35:27 PM PDT by Busywhiskers (Strength and Honor)
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